Arsenal v Reading – Emirates Stadium at 19:45
Last weekend I landed both my Asian Handicap betting picks in La Liga and Serie A. Now I turn my attention to the EFL Cup, where I’ve found some value in the game between Arsenal and Reading and I’m hoping my profitable week continues!
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Last weekend The Gunners played out a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Middlesbrough. Some would argue they were even lucky to come away with a point, as Aitor Karanka’s side played incredibly well at the Emirates.
Arsenal are in good form and are currently joint on 20 points with Man City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table. Wenger’s side are 12 games unbeaten and haven’t lost since their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening day of the season.
Defensively, Arsenal have looked solid too and the recent addition of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia has no doubt added to their stability at the back. The home side have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 games.
In the previous round of the Cup, Arsenal played Nottingham Forest and won by a comfortable 4-0 scoreline. Granit Xhaka opened the scoring with a rocket from 30 yards out and a brace from Lucas Perez and 1 goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain topped off the victory.
Reading were rewarded with a trip to the Emirates as a result of reaching the 4th round of the EFL Cup.
After finishing 17th in the Championship last season, Jaap Stam took over as manager and the signs are now a lot more positive for the away side.
Reading are currently 8th in the Championship table, just outside the play off spots.
Despite having a dip in form recently, they recovered last weekend to beat Rotherham 1-0 away from home. The only goal of the match was scored by Paul McShane. Before last Saturday’s game, Reading were without a win in 4 Championship fixtures (2 losses, 2 draws), but I am expecting a decent performance on Tuesday, as a game against Arsenal doesn’t come around every day!
Reading’s Cup journey has included beating Plymouth 2-0, the MK Dons on penalties (2-2) and Brighton 2-1 in their most recent Cup tie.
With things seemingly on the up for The Royals, who knows what could happen at the Emirates if they put on a good display!
Realistically, Arsenal are by far the better side and taking into account the form they’re in, the home side really should sail through to the next round.
The last time these two sides met in the League Cup was back in October 2012 and an incredible 12 goals were scored that day! The game finished 4-4 after 90 minutes, but Arsenal came away 7-5 winners after extra-time.
On this occasion, I can see Arsenal coming away with a triumphant victory within 90 minutes and therefore I recommend backing the home side -1.5 on the Asian Handicap betting market. An Arsenal win by 2 goals or more would see full profit returned.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Arsenal -1.5 @ 1.81 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.